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diveski01

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About diveski01

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Interests
    Scuba, skiing, camping.

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    United States
  • Camera Model & Brand
    Fujifilm E900
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea&Sea YS-90DX
  • Accessories
    Ikelite tray + S&S Sea Arm VI
  1. Since I can't seem to find an online retailer for the Inon 5" arm with YS mount (YS Arm MS) and I will be using an INON wet lens caddy, I will be forced into a mix-n-match system between Nauticam and INON. I've read some reviewsw/o naming any names that don't like housing brand arms and clamps so maybe I also will throw ULCS into the mix too? I would then only have the two Nauticam base balls to deal with wear and tear concerns, if any. At least all three use same diameter whereas mixing S&S OLD arms and clamps with new Nauticam base balls is a bit wobbly as the S&S balls aren't 1" diameter. Thanks all for your input - it's been very helpful!
  2. I have a new Nauticam housing for RX100 and several years old S&S strobe arms. The Nauticam rig is at least 4 lbs negative with the WA lens and I'd like to add a close up wet mount lens (or two) which I would take along on most dives, adding even more weight. Which arms and clamps would you buy? Are the ULCS clamps compatible with the Nauticam 1" base balls?
  3. I have the gear for cold water, but no longer the desire as in years past. I'll need to de-wimpify myself (and my hubby). Maybe after early Sept. we can meet up at France, Haigh, or Gilboa? Invasion is just a few days away!!
  4. Awesome, Andy!! Newbie questions for you: Were you not set up for stills with strobes? Would you ever use just one mounted in the cold shoe over the lens as a focus light for macro? When are you available to teach me how to shoot u/w digital with my new RX100??
  5. If worn on the body, doesn't it then become fashion accessories and not gear?
  6. Love, Love, Love Ocean Frontiers! Have been diving with them every few years since 1996. They have grown their operation tremendously while their customer service has always remained the best on the planet. Can't wait for our next trip there.
  7. I stayed with Sony brand for both. Sony BCTRX Battery Charger $33, and Sony NP-BX1/M8 Lithium-Ion X Type Battery $44, both through Amazon.com. Off-brand options were available for much lower prices, but I didn't want an el cheapo battery in a $1600 rig that would be problematic. Just not worth a few bucks IMHO to risk it.
  8. You can buy a charger so that you can charge the battery out of the camera. The one that comes with it connects through the camera so that you can charge without removing the battery from the camera. You can also charge via USB cable from a laptop/PC. I just got the same rig, haven't even used it yet.
  9. Anyone know if the Eye-Fi (Wi-Fi) types of SD cards will transmit photos to a PC from the camera within an aluminum housing while closed? http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/digital_cameras/eye-fi/pro_x2_8gb_review/426501
  10. From what I know, the main reason Ikelite is less expensive (not lesser quality) is that the manufacturing process for their housings is completely different than that for machined aluminum housings. Ikelite can select the size of the housing for each camera from a series of standard size housings therefore they only have to maintain a certain number of production molds. They then customize the types and locations of the control buttons for each camera, which are hand assembled. The materials are less expensive, yet extremely durable, and the assembly process is less expensive, even with USA labor. Injection molding is faster than machining each housing individually. Polycarbonate is less expensive than aluminum. "Like every Ikelite product, this housing for the ... is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials from trusted vendors we've been working with for decades. Our housings are built by hand and individually tested for fit, function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry." I happen to live in Indianapolis where Ikelite is located and I have a good friend who has worked there for 25+ years so it is a company that I trust. My last camera was in an Ikelite housing and I found it easy to use and travel with. All of that being said, I just purchased a Nauticam housing for my new more fully featured camera because the Ikelite housing for it is quite large and Nauticam has fiber optic cable "ports" that are more elegant than using the stick on velcro mask and flash diverter attachment. I also had "free" money to splurge with (work bonus) so I went for the "ooh, aah" configuration. It has just arrived and my first impression is that the Ikelike housing had better weight distribution. This NC feels very tippy front to back so I will need to see how that plays out once strobes are added and I'm in the water with it.
  11. I have received generous information regarding housings and lenses from a few of the well known u/w photog stores. They can usually tell you exactly which lenses work well with which cameras and housings and what adapters are required. Granted, they will first support the items that they sell, so it's a good idea to ask around to see just how many options there are available for your camera. http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/ http://reefphoto.com/shop/ http://www.backscatter.com/
  12. My RX100 camera and NC housing arrived yesterday. No trip until December though
  13. I like bayonet mount so I'm planning to get the Nauticam 67mm to Inon LD Mount Adapter when I get my first wet lens. I'll probably start with the Inon UWL-H100 28LD. Need to get the camera and housing first though. Soon. Very, very soon. .
  14. On a previous trip, we were last to board our connecting flight because they filled the plane from the front and the rear first By the time we were allowed to board they were forcing the last 20 passengers to surrender carry ons to be gate checked. Once we were on board there were some spots still available in the overhead bins Yep, we were totally - well you know. I always have my camera, regs, gauges, and mask as carry on and it's not packed to be treated as checked luggage in the cargo hold. I don't consider these items as optional nor should they be tossed around by the baggage handlers. Can anyone recommend a lightweight carry on size bag that is rugged enough to protect camera gear if this happens? I hate to lug a super heavy Pelican case, but will if I have to. I see that the new lightweight polycarb spinners do not resist compression. They just don't break or tear when significantly compressed.
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